New Castle News


July 18, 2012

Mohawk to allow electronic devices in school

NEW CASTLE — Mohawk Area students may take electronic educational devices to classes this year.

The school board has adopted a policy that welcomes iPads, laptops, smart phones and other devices that will enable students to access learning materials.

Superintendent Kathleen Kwolek said the district’s decision to go wireless opens its server to classroom students to enable them to access the Internet and to retrieve school work done own their own electronic equipment. Firewall prohibit them from accessing sites where they should not go, she said.

As part of the district’s latest building renovation plans had been made to purchase classroom computers and install necessary wiring, Kwolek said.

“But then wireless access exploded. We created a wireless atmosphere. That one change made all of this possible. They won’t need jumpdrives to access their work on our computers as they have used in the past.”

The board also approved a policy to waive tuition payments for the children of any employee who does not live in the district but who wants to enroll in the district.

“We believe this builds commitment and community,” Kwolek said. She noted that estimated tuition costs for the upcoming school year are $8,659 for elementary students and $9,330 for the high school.

The board also approved the retirement of Title I teacher Joyce Sennick, who taught remedial reading and math in elementary school for 12 years.

The board hired Ashley Zaboroski, who will teach first grade and special education instructional aides and long-term substitute teachers. They include Anthony Massello, Rachal Glass and Amanda Bshero as special education aides, Eugene Roberson as an emotional support aide and Mark Seminara as an education in the home aide. All have accepted one-year contracts with the district.

Longterm substitute teachers hired are Carrie Tomon, elementary and Gerald Guido, high school history.

The board will seek bids for gas and coal.

It also approved the annual Gettysburg field trip for fifth grade students.



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